Saturday, August 8, 2009


Returning into the theater in Iraq was a difficult time and adjustment for me. Leaving home this time was harder than I thought it would be. The job here has become a dragon of King Authur size and may be impossible to slay. The pressure to complete inspections as fast as we can must also be balanced with the highest quality standards. There in lies the balancing act. The daily required completed inspections is all KBR cares about, the daily total met. If we don’t reach that total, we in QA have to answer as to why.

On other notes, ITS HOT!!!!! 110 degrees has been the average for the month of July and August, and there is no promise of cooling down, with the possiblility of hotter days in the near future. Sand storms can pop up any day, making everything covered in dust so fine its like talcum powder. This dust can find any crack and get in anywhere. It took me 2 days to clean up my room and get rid of some of the dust. I can’t get it all, it’s just to fine, my vacuum filter can’t collect all the dust. The food is still the same, greasy and salty, the conditions has have improved with my new room I share with a my friend John. I am now in an actual hard structure, not a tent. And in a week or so, we should be moving into double wet units, where there are 2 rooms with a common bath room. These will be like having a small suite. I can’t wait to not have to walk 200 feet in the dirt to use the bathroom or take a shower. Hopefully, these rooms will be ready by the end of the week. And that I will for sure get one. Here thing change like Ohio weather.

I have taken several photos and videos of things here, some of sand storms and helicopters flying around here. The Marines are slowly leaving and being replaced by regular Army, which is a good thing. This means the area is more and more stable and safer for us to be here. Please remember the boys who are going to Afganistan.

Well, that’s about all for now. WORK, WORK, WORK. Its all I know, long hours and reports. Movies and TV shows that I watch on my laptop is my entertainment. I keep working on my writing, however its hard to concentrate after a long day.


ps: I can no longer access my blog through KBR internet. All blogs will be posted through Ranel.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Dan's Christmas Wants!

This Marine is from Mansfield Ohio and let Dan play...

My hunk

My Hunk Again!

A Night Out At The Bar-B-Q

A Few Work Buds

Non-Alchololic Beer & Rib Eye Steaks!

A Few More Work Buds

A new mode of Transportation

A Mini-Truck!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Great News Today!!

Today, KBR travel posts this weeks schedule for who leaves for R&R when , and guess what I am scheduled to check out of here next Sunday and begin flying out Monday. WOOO HOOOO!!! I can actually see the relaxing starting to get closer. I can't wait to get home and have time with my WIFE and kids and all the grand kids. Its going to be fun and anywhere away from the sand for a while will be a great time. I look forward to humidity!! And green grass! And my shower, my bed, steak, real milk, etc. So, this week will be exciting and tough at the same time because its going to be more 14 to 16 hour days and lots of paperwork, but the reward will be AWESOME!! See everyone in a few more days. PS. the picture is the lastest in Al Asad Transportation. Fun to drive but really hot when driving through 110 degree air, like being next to a bondfire and your skin is about to melt. Drink Water!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Now I know Why I'm Tired!

Note the color of the flag. This means its a Red warning flag day and the air temp is between 106 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. It is actually 108.8 at 4 PM today. I think my sweat is sweating!

Our Big Day!

Isn't She Beautiful? This is one of my favorite pictures of Ranel, not because its a great picture, because she said Yes! I love her very much and this is my WIFE!!! Eat your hearts out!